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lost-wax process

[lawst-waks, lost-] /ˈlɔstˈwæks, ˈlɒst-/
noun, Metallurgy
a process of investment casting in which a refractory mold is built up around a pattern of wax and then baked so as to melt and drain off the wax.
Also called cire perdue.
Origin of lost-wax process
1930-35; translation of French cire perdue Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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